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The Influence of Modern Technologies on Education

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Written by MaskedMarvel   
Thursday, 09 November 2017 01:22

Modern technology is a powerful learning tool. Personal computing and internet, in particular, have changed the world.

The effects of modern technology in education

Special needs students

There are plenty of mobile applications that initiate students with special needs into the learning environment through enabling and facilitating them with digital education aids. Online learning and computer technology activities hugely help to bridge the gap between regular and disabled students through making knowledge easily accessible. With technology, it is also possible for special needs students to enjoy other fun activities like playing video games.

Global platform

Education that is run by technology has widened. Many learning institutions currently offer online courses which students can access from anywhere they may be. Video conferencing and applications such as Skype are a platform for students and teachers share knowledge conveniently

Efficiency

The assessment process in most learning institutions is now digitalized. Learners can do tests online and they can instantly assess their knowledge base. Online assessments are impartial and flexible. Students have the freedom to do the tests when they are ready and this is very useful to those that are pursuing correspondence or distance courses.

Improved interaction

Most teachers are now utilizing technical aids to remain in touch with the learners. They can use services such as Dropbox which allows uploading and sharing content with a huge number of people. They can also use emails.

Video games

Video games that simulate real-life problems can lead to a change of behaviour in students. The games offer a huge range of information and they make students become good problem solvers. The games can be addictive but when played under good guidance they are a good source of edutainment.

E-books

E-books and online libraries are useful to learners. Google, for instance, has partnered with libraries and publishers to come up with an extraordinary library that is extensive, flexible and virtual. Google books offer snippets of many books and this brings together new publishers and new books to learners. With the internet, readers and publishers are able to discover each other.



Addressing learner’s diversity

Some learning tools such as visual or audio stimulus, online learning modules and animations appeal to learners with dissimilar learning styles. There are those who find classroom learning to be boring and uncreative. Such learners are effectively persuaded to study through the digital aids that offer an excellent blend of learning and fun.

Cheating

This is the main negative impact of modern technology in learning. With technology, it is very simple to cheat in exams. Students are allowed to use calculators during exams and these calculators have all formulas needed to pass exams and it is not easy to get caught.

Conclusion

Modern technology can be a powerful tool for cheating and it can open doors that are better left closed but all in all, it plays an important role in education.

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